St. Paddy's Picks: U2- Celtic Woman- Clannad

.
U2
From the Sky Down

Universal

Fans of Irish band U2 may not realize that The Joshua Tree, the group's 1987 breakthrough album, was also nearly the death of the band. Band members were in their early twenties at the time and the album's massive success led to a subsequent couple of completely overblown years and eventually an unhappiness that pushed the band close to dissolution. Creatively stymied in the aftermath, U2 went to Berlin to record with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and ultimately emerged with 1991's Achtung Baby, another highly-successful album that Bono says in the opening minutes of this film, saved the band. Last year, 20 years after Achtung Baby's release, U2 went back to Hansa Studios in Berlin to rehearse the album which they were to go on to play in their first-ever appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England. This documentary from Davis Guggenheim takes advantage of the occasion of the rehearsals to tell the band's story during this 20-year + span, achieved mostly through band member commentary that's utilized as narration as opposed to just having the guys sitting there in chairs answering questions. The technique works nicely; the film is put together so that the viewer sees vintage footage while Bono, the Edge and company speak about how these times affected them personally and musically. Fans won't find earth-shattering revelations here but From the Sky Down is mandatory viewing for those who want to know what makes U2 tick, especially for those who perceive Bono as an egomaniac. About a quarter hour of bonus interview footage is included.

Celtic Woman
Believe

Manhattan

Once all the rowdiness of St. Patrick's Day is over (or before it begins) you'll need something mellow and the four-woman vocal group Celtic Woman provides with Believe exactly what you'll need to take the edge off and still stay in an Irish mood. With voices as soft and gentle as an Irish mist the girls cover a wide variety of Irish favorites here like "Green Grow the Rushes," "The Water is Wide," "The Parting Glass" and many more comingled with a set of familiar pop tunes like "Sailing," "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and chestnuts like "Ave Maria." Studio musicians playing traditional Irish instruments add to the Emerald Isle flavor, as does the perfect accompaniment of the Irish Film Orchestra. A live DVD version of Believe is also available.

Clannad
The Essential Clannad

RCA/Legacy

The music on this 30-song, 2-CD retrospective comes from the band's output over the past few decades. Clannad's ethereal, Celtic-flavored pop and traditional music certainly needs no outside embellishment---primary singer Moya Brennan is captivating throughout---but guests here include Bono, Bruce Hornsby and former Journey singer Steve Perry. The first half of the set contains songs sung in English but Disc 2, with tunes like "Caislean Oir" and "Ri na Cruinne," is sung entirely in Irish.


Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

tell a friend about this review

.



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Robert Plant Talks Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Celebration- Jimi Hendrix Previously-Unreleased Track Streaming- Foo Fighters Brit Awards Performance Streaming Online- more

Recap: Eagles Add More New Dates To North American Tour- Billy Corgan Reveals New Smashing Pumpkins' Song Details- Foreigner Announce Live Orchestra Tour Dates- more

Recap: KISS Spark Retirement Speculation With The End Of The Road Move- Slipknot Star Says He Will Never Go Back On Tour Again- Foreigner Announce Very Special Release- more

Stone Temple Pilots Stream New Song The Art Of Letting Go- Judas Priest Preview New Song Traitors Gate- The Monkees Stars Reuniting For Tour- Halestorm, In This Moment Tour- more

Day in Pop:
Quincy Jones Apologizes for Shocking Interview Comments- Ed Sheeran Addresses Secret Marriage Rumors- Maroon 5 Headlining NFL Hall of Fame Legends Concert- more

Page Too Rewind: Migos, Arcade Fire, James Bay Going 'Saturday Night Live'- Rihanna Looks Back And Thanks Mother As She Turns 30- Carrie Underwood Donates $10K To Injured Police Officer- more

Page Too Rewind: Drake's Generous Money Giveaway All Part Of 'God's Plan'- Troy Gentry's Widow Sues Over Husband's Death- The Chainsmokers Release 'You Owe Me' Video- Demi Lovato Unplugs- more

advertisement


Reviews

Hot In The City: Pistoleros - Silver

The Blues: Ladies Play the Blues

RockPile: Vexes, Jay Katana and Perfect Defect

Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977

TBT: Phil Vassar The New Piano Man

Dolly Spartans - Time Sides With No One

Saxon - Thunderbolt

Channel Dark - El Wire Pacifier

Straw Family - Family Matters

Junkyardfieldtrip - Self-titled

Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto

Ten Ton Man - Dangerous Women & A Desperate Man

Cindy Wilson - Change

Luca Bash - Keys of Mine

Terror Universal - Make Them Bleed

Road Trip: Springfield, MO's Route 66 Car Museum

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Spotlight on Branson, MO

Duran Duran - Girls on Film 1979 Demo

Arthur Fowler - Here I Am Again

MorleyView: Micki Free

John 5 and the Creatures - It's Alive!

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2017

Black Sabbath - The End (5 Stars) more

Rock News Stories
Eagles Add More New Dates To North American Tour (top story)

Billy Corgan Reveals New Smashing Pumpkins' Song Details (top story)

Foreigner Announce Live Orchestra Tour Dates (top story)

Radiohead Announce North American Summer Tour (top story)

Singled Out: Off Road Minivan's Spiral Gaze (top story)

Liam Gallagher Too Busy For Foo Fighters Collaboration (top story)

Kurt Cobain Remembered By Courtney Love On His 51st Birthday (top story)

The Melvins Stream New Song 'Stop Moving To Florida' (top story)

Metallica Release Video For Cover Of Classic Song (top story)

Halestorm And In This Moment Announce Spring Tour (top story)

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism Moving To Music City (top story)

Singled Out: Ethan Brosh's Tomb Of The Gods (top story)

Imagine Dragons Stream New Song 'Next to Me' Announce Tour (top story)

Metallica Release Live Video From Bologna Concert (top story)

My Bloody Valentine Surprise Fans With Special Release (top story)

The Who Celebrating Landmark Shows Anniversary With Release (top story)

Portugal. The Man Rock 'Live In The Moment' On 'Colbert' (top story)

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Talks Reunion Tour (top story)

The Doors Release Video Of Classic Live Performance (top story)

Pete Townshend Expands Who Came First For Reissue (top story)

Liam Gallagher's Godlike Genius Acceptance and Performance Goes Online (top story)

Frances Bean Cobain Remembers Her Father Nirvana's Kurt Cobain (top story)

Singled Out: Ignore The Sign's Behind The Wall (top story)

Bon Jovi To Receive The iHeartRadio Icon Award (top story)

Metallica Teams Up With Vans Again (top story)

Steel Panther Animated For 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)' (top story)

The National's Matt Berninger Creating TV Comedy About His Life (top story)

Blink 182 Star Says Face Tattoos Are Off Limits For Teen Son (top story)

Oasis' Liam Gallagher Gets Interviewed By Kids (top story)

Alex Di Leo Releases 'Brooklyn Bridge Video (top story)

Robert Plant Talks Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Celebration (top story)

Jimi Hendrix Previously-Unreleased Track Streaming (top story)

Foo Fighters Brit Awards Performance Streaming Online (top story)

Concert For George Harrison Hitting Movie Theaters (top story)

Metallica Release Live Video From Mannheim Show (top story)

Liam Gallagher Rocks Late Night Television (top story)

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Features Beastie Boys Classic (top story)

5 Seconds of Summer Debut New Song And Announce Tour Dates (top story)

Stone Temple Pilots Stream New Song The Art Of Letting Go (top story)

Judas Priest Preview New Song Traitors Gate (top story)

The Monkees Stars Reuniting For Tour (top story)

more

B-Side Stories
Migos, Arcade Fire and James Bay Going 'Saturday Night Live' (top story)

Rihanna Looks Back And Thanks Mother As She Turns 30 (top story)

Carrie Underwood Donates $10K To Injured Police Officer (top story)

Sade Set Returning With 'Flower of the Universe' For 'Wrinkle in Time' (top story)

Lil Yachty Announces New Studio Album 'Lil Boat 2' (top story)

Rae Sremmurd And ESPN Team For 'Sremmlife' NBA Series (top story)

Miley And Noah Cyrus Meet 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' Star (top story)

Sam Hunt Headlining Indy 500 Legends Day Concert (top story)

The Weeknd Saved Oprah at Ellen's 60th Birthday Party (top story)

Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert Lead Watershed Lineup (top story)

Janelle Monae Streams New Single 'Make Me Feel' (top story)

Miranda Lambert Shares What She Is Doing On Tour Break With Fans (top story)

Miley Cyrus Hangs Out With Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White (top story)

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Share First Photo of New Baby (top story)

Jake Owen Shares Photo Of His Daughter and Dog (top story)

Quincy Jones Apologizes for Shocking Interview Comments (top story)

Ed Sheeran Addresses Secret Marriage Rumors (top story)

Maroon 5 Headlining NFL Hall of Fame Legends Concert (top story)

Austin Mahone Holding Benefit For School Shooting Survivors (top story)

Aaron Carter Discusses Rehab And What's Next (top story)

Carrie Underwood Pays Tribute To Billy Graham (top story)

Kesha Releases 'Praying' and 'We R Who We R' Live Videos (top story)

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Highlight Brit Awards (top story)

more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.